Serena Williams Fined $17000 For US Open Controversy


Imagine having a 2-0 record against Serena Williams...

Here's a recap in case you missed it. Or men in general for that matter?

World tennis chiefs need to clarify their position on in-match coaching to prevent another incident after Serena Williams' US Open meltdown, the head of the Australian Open said Monday.

The 36-year-old called chair umpire Ramos a "thief" and demanded an apology after the latter handed her three code violations, which included a game penalty, during the dramatic women's singles final on Saturday.

Fighting fire with fire, Osaka's game mirrors that of the American: big serve, murderous shots off both flanks, particularly the forehand - and a steely determination.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", Simon said, in a statement.

Great Britain Fed Cup captain Anne Keathvong also suggested Williams was in the wrong, tweeting: "Sexism is a problem in the wider picture of tennis but I don't believe the decisions Carlos Ramos made that night had anything to do with it".

After the tournament, Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted to coaching after the match, but said he didn't think Serena was paying attention to him.

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You might remember that during his second round match, Kyrgios stopped trying to return his opponent's serve, received coaching from the umpire and heckled the crowd - a triple whammy that was going to take some beating.

The tennis superstar was docked a game for insulting the umpire after she called him "a liar" and "a thief" in an angry tirade on Saturday.

"I think that Carlos waited and waited to let Serena let off steam and get back into the match".

"Men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation". However, whether or not the infraction was fair is not really the point because as King highlights,"for [Williams], and for many other women who have experienced an abuse of power at their workplaces, there was more at stake".

The episode raises two important questions about coaching: should Williams have been penalised for being coached during the match and - more fundamentally - should coaching during a match be an offence in the first place?

Williams was fined $US17,000, which is deducted from her prize money of $US1.85 million as the tournament's runner-up, according to the Associated Press.

Men's champion Novak Djokovic said he thought Ramos should not have pushed Williams so hard. "I just felt really emotional and felt I had to apologize", Osaka said.

I still, like, could see her. The flap over the chair umpire who told Alize Cornet she couldn't change her shirt on court (allowed). What message does it send out to youngsters? "She has history herself. there is a culture in tennis similar to that in football, allowing highly paid athletes to get away with behaviour that would either start a fight or result in arrest were it to occur in the street".